The CT-3442 Tournament Rapid Carbon Fiber Tripod from Feisol is a solid, heavy-duty 4-section carbon fiber support that can be extended to 54.3" high, support up to 55 lb, and weighs only 2.5 lb. The legs have preset angles of 25, 50, and 75 degrees and can be used at a minimum height of 7.9". A tripod bag is included for storage and transport. The optional center column is not included, and is available separately.
- Load Capacity: 55 lb
- Max Height: 54.3"
- Min Height: 7.9"
- Folded Length: 18.9"
FEISOL CT-3442 Rapid Overview
FEISOL CT-3442 Rapid Specs
|Load Capacity||55 lb / 24.9 kg|
|Maximum Working Height||54.3" / 137.9 cm|
|Minimum Working Height||7.9" / 19.6 cm|
|Closed Length||18.9" / 48 cm|
|Head Mount Type||3/8"-16 Screw|
|Weight||2.4 lb / 1.1 kg|
|Leg Lock Type||Twist Lock|
|Leg Positions||3 Positions|
|Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column||No|
|Package Weight||4.01 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||20.6 x 5.8 x 5.6"|
FEISOL CT-3442 Rapid Reviews
Easy carry, good for travel.
Cheap tripod, does not recommend
I purchased the Feisol CT-3442 about a year ago, and have since then used it during a variety of hiking trips for landscape photography. I initially bought it because it was lightweight, seemlingly well built, and relatively cheap compared to similar alternatives. As it turns out, the moto you get what you pay for is accurate with this tripod. The Feisol CT-3442 is cheaply built, and is not suited to anything else than pampered studio usage. I've had to dismantle it and put it back together more times than I care for due to legs blocking or just straight up coming off. While the carbon fiber appears relatively good quality, the tripod's insides are made up of cheap plastic pieces, and any amount of element (e.g., rain, snow) or rough movement will have them break apart. At this point, I'm having to dismantle the tripod every other usage as one of the legs will inevitably block or come off. Needless to say, I do not recommend tris tripod and will be getting a Gitzo or something similar in the future.
Light, portable, sturdy
I've gone through my share of tripods, and may have met my true love. I've always opted for clamps on the legs because of poor experience with twist locks in the past, but these are fantastic.
I've had this for a few years now (no point reviewing after a few days or weeks) and it's been rock solid. It's gone with me all over the place including internationally, submerged in sea water, covered in sand and still performs really well. Keep in mind you'd need to regularly maintain the tripod (clean it out etc.) for it to continue to work at it's best, as you would with every other one out there. It's seriously lightweight, nimble, extends to a great height, folds down really small, simple to use, and does exactly what it needs to do - keeps the camera still (I use Sony a7 range with largest lens being the 70-200mm f/4). For the price you pay, it's certainly worth every cent. Minor downside, but nothing to really complain about, the small caps on the feet are starting to come off as they're only glued to the legs. I've lost one somewhere but the tripod still works well without it.
I highly recommend this tripod. I have been using less expensive tripods for many years, never totally happy with them being a little wobbly or not able to handle a heavy camera in an extreme angle position. This tripod is rock solid. I got it with the mount and neck extension as well. Easy to assemble, smooth locking mechanisms, decent weight. The mount holds the camera in a solid grip and the ball mount is great. My only criticism is that I wish the tripod, ball mount, and neck extension could be purchased as one package. Just felt like they were sold separately so they could charge more money.
Great Travel Tripod
I have a RRS and Gitzo carbon fiber tripod which I use constantly for landscape photography but which are becoming to heavy to use as a solid travel tripod. Enter the Feisol, coupled with the Feisol ballhead, making it an it irresistible travel kit. It is light, the legs fold backward even with the ballhead installed. It is rock solid. My only criticism is the lack of a hook for attaching weights to the platform. You can replace the platform disc for a leveling base, which adds another pound to the overall weight.
I purchased this tripod prior to a western road trip last year to try and save some weight. I wasn't unhappy with my Induro I used, but it was aluminum and heavy so I looked for a carbon fiber tripod and this Feisol model fit the bill. The build quality is excellent and was rock solid despite me having to place it on some uneven ground getting photos of waterfalls in Yellowstone. Very happy I made the purchase!
Love this Tripod
In the beginning, it took me a while to get used to it, but now, I can't phantom going back to something else. It's super light but yet sturdier than my heavier tripods. It's proven its worth and already paid for itself.
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